Fairytale of Berlin, curated by Janine Bean and Matthias Bergemann from Janine Bean Gallery in Berlin, opens on January 17 at Scion’s space in in Culver City. LA. The exhibition explores the legend of creative life within Berlin’s sub-cultural niches.  Berlin attracts artists with its substantial network—affordable apartments and studios, along with private and public international institutions eager to support artists of all backgrounds. The city’s creative utopia, with its solid infrastructure as well as a stirring subculture, attracts artists from all over the world, and has become more than a myth. The show will look at the consequences, both good and bad, of what happens when aspiration and reality collide in this setting.

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The participating artists originate from Germany, Rumania, Canada, Switzerland, Bulgaria and the United States. They identify with living and working in Berlin albeit in the most different of ways, but come together to create a subtle and fresh approach: Berlin as a new or old home is the common source of inspiration and friction. They represent different art scenes within Berlin, covering various art genres and techniques.

The 11 artists and one artist group of Fairytale of Berlin will show paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and installations. The artists are: Erik Andersen, Paula Bogati, Vanessa von Heydebreck, Franziska Klotz, Mari Lou, Iva Vacheva, Ingo Mittelstaedt, Christl Mudrak, Irene Pätzug, Thomas Stüssi and the duo of neulantvanexel, Marian Neulant and Axel van Exel. For this exhibition, the artists and curators will tell their own Fairytale of Berlin through their diverse perspectives.

The opening reception takes place January 17, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM and will run through February 7 at the Scion Installation L.A. Gallery, 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232.